Gotta feel more than a twinge of sympathy for Jeremy Clarkson.
Yeah, he can be a cocky bugger. But he would have thought he was coming to a country where it was enough to seek and get permission from an elected government authority to do what he and the Top Gear team wanted to do.
That is, the BBC team planned to race a car along the sand of the Ninety Mile Beach, requiring it to be closed for 45 minutes.
But faster than The Stig can cover 400 metres down the straight, Clarkson has learned otherwise.
In this country we have ordinary people (the great bulk of us) and we have special people.